World Vision appeals for $2 million for Bangladesh response

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 19 /CNW/ - World Vision is appealing for more than
$2 million to provide an aid package that includes temporary shelter for
50,000 people whose homes were destroyed by Cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh.
    Of the total, $1.5 million will go to provide tin sheeting for 9,375
families, or 50,000 individuals, who lost their homes. The additional $632,000
will provide emergency food and relief items to some 100,000 people.
    "The scale of the devastation is enormous. It is very hard to get to some
areas due to fallen trees. There is need wherever we look," said Vince
Edwards, World Vision's national director in Bangladesh.
    World Vision has already distributed initial emergency food - two
kilograms of rice and one kilogram of sugar or molasses per family to over
2,400 families. More than 800 World Vision staff and volunteers are currently
involved in the response, many providing first aid for those injured by flying
debris and falling homes.
    Rika Halder, 11, lost her home in Kandi, Kotalipara, when it was smashed
by high winds from the cyclone. Halder and her family survived, but their
simple home made of bamboo and mud was flung into a nearby marshland.
    "Our house was taken away like a toy," Halder told a World Vision relief
worker. "We found it... but without a roof or wall. My father and mother
started screaming, as we were, too. What we need most is food and a place to
live. It is hard to live under open sky."
    World Vision is accepting donations to assist those affected by the
cyclone. Those wishing to help can visit or call

    World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization
dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome
poverty and injustice. Motivated by our Christian faith, we serve all people
regardless of religion, race, gender or ethnicity. For more information,
please visit

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange interviews with World Vision
staff, please contact: Yoko Kobayashi,, (416)
677-0086 (cell), (905) 565-6200 ext. 2151 (office)

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